(The Wedding Belles #1)
by Lauren Layne
Published July 26th 2016
USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne is the “queen of witty dialogue and sexy scenes” (Rachel Van Dyken)! Now, Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true… but their own.
Discovering her fiance is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.
Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiance is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning… is theirs?
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD was such a fantastic story and I’m so excited for more of this great new series, The Wedding Belles, from author Lauren Layne. I absolutely love this setting and this group of ladies. Brooke Baldwin is new to New York City and to the Belles, but she fits right in with Alexis and Heather.
Brooke owned her own wedding planning company in California but after notoriously being humiliated at the altar when the Feds arrested her fiancé on her wedding day she desperately needed a fresh start in a new place. She may not be too trusting of men but she still believes in love and the magic of a beautiful wedding day. Her first assignment is to help Maya Tyler, a hotel heiress, plan her dream wedding. It all goes well except for the interference of Maya’s older brother, Seth, who happens to be footing the bill and demanding approval on all decisions. Not that he was worried about the money, he was just staying close because he didn’t believe Maya’s fiancé Neil was who he said he was and it didn’t hurt that the wedding planner was drop-dead gorgeous.
Brooke and Seth get off on the wrong foot right from the start. Seth is determined to stop the wedding and Brooke is determined to prove herself to her new boss by planning the perfect wedding. The problem is they find each other irresistible, and can’t seem to fight the attraction. It’s not quite an enemies to friends romance but for their own reasons Seth and Brooke each do their best to avoid each other and the feelings they can’t seem to help.
Seth is a grumpy workaholic with no time for a relationship especially with a woman as sweet as Brooke who still believes in happily ever after. I love watching those determined bachelors fall. Ms. Layne creates amazing sexual tension between these two and I absolutely love the banter. And of course, it’s crazy sexy every time they do give in to their desire. These two are just plain hot together and I really enjoyed this story! 4 stars
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.